Fresno County takes sexual harassment seriously. In the workplace, it is expected that all workers will be treated with respect and that they won’t have to endure any type of sexual harassment on the job.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.
There are two types of sexual harassment to know about. The first is quid pro quo sexual harassment. The second is hostile work environment sexual harassment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment
This form of sexual harassment occurs when someone tells another employee that they need to accept or put up with sexual advances if they want to move up or gain certain benefits of employment. For example, a secretary that is told that they need to sleep with their boss for a promotion would be a victim of this kind of harassment.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment
This type of sexual harassment is different. This includes any kind of unwelcome comments or behavior based on sex that creates a hostile work environment. Essentially, sexual advances or comments that make them feel upset or uncomfortable can fall into this category.
Remember that you could be a victim of sexual harassment even if the comments aren’t aimed at you. Overhearing that unwelcome or rude conduct may be enough to support a claim.
Sexual harassment comes in many forms. Anything from threatening someone after not getting a positive response to sexual advances to rude name-calling, the use of sexual words in the workplace or offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors may be harassment. As a worker, you have a right to work in a safe environment. You can report these behaviors and look into making a claim.